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Friday, 19 April 2013

Terminally-Ill Mother, 23, Becomes A Bride For One-Day

The beaming smile in the happy wedding day pictures hides a sad story.

Kayleigh was diagnosed with cancer last June and doctors operated on
her to remove the growths.

At just 23, doctors told Kayleigh last February that a hereditary gene
defect had developed into cancer. The same rare condition killed her
father Lee at the age of 37 in 1998.

Kayleigh started chemotherapy in March.

The 'marriage', with a model groom, was arranged by her friends after
she listed it as one of the things she wanted to do before she died.

It was her best friend Katie Birch who decided the absence of a
current partner in her life need not stand in the way of her dream.

Katie Birch arranged for a handsome model, Danny Wisker, booked for
the day to play the role of groom.

Kayleigh was pampered by hair and make-up artists before being whisked
to Whitstable Castle in Kent in a vintage Jaguar.

Guests included her mother Beverley Cox, 46, grandparents Sharon, 70,
and Ian Day, 71, and Kayleigh's two-year-old son Kai.

Kayleigh, from Herne Bay, Kent, said: 'The groom was so nice and was
really handsome.

"It was a bit awkward at first because obviously it's a bizarre
situation – I couldn't stop laughing. I didn't expectany of it, it was

"It really was a dream come true. It was great. The dress was
beautiful – it really was. The castle and everything were just

Mrs Cox said: "It's been quite overwhelming. It was like it was really
happening for her and althoughit's not going to be for real, to us it
was real and we have got lovely pictures and memories."